Take A Vest!

It’s March and it’s spring. Could there be better excuses for an afternoon tea in Stanley? After soothing our sugar and caffeine crave, Rachel and I bathed in perfect sunshine and warm breeze on the sidewalk.The waves reflected the azure sky and glistened like sequins on a tutu.

Where’s B? You might ask. “Count me out…I don’t really like sunshine and heat.”

While I’m totally irritated by this lame reason, I must admit it’s really getting warmer and warmer (27°C yesterday, for Chris’s sake).

So here is a piece of advice: Put on your summer clothes–or better yet–your sleeveless tops! They have been hiding under your heavy sweater for way too long. We present you the mother of all sleeveless tops–White Vests.

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Special thanks to my gorgeous friend Hilary. This talented photographer took all these amazing photos!

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On A:

White tank top embriodered with crochet from Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

Oceanside wash boyfriend jeans also from Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

Crystal studded smoking slippers from Staccato

Neon translucent bag from Korean online shop

On R:

White chiffon beaded blouse

Black shorts also from Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

Black Stockings

Shoes (if you can see them) from vintage shop

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Flow in Nostalgia

Coco Chanel said, “A girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous.”

In the world of miniskirts and instagram photos with girls showing their cleavage hashtagged #hot, we sometimes forget what is really important in style.

This time B and I board on a time machine and embrace the warmth of the old times–vinyl records, bricks and concrete stairs. We land on an Edwardian mansion with our love: chiffon high-low skirts. Seriously. Our breath is taken away by those irregular hems flowing in the sunlight through the stainglass window!

We sink into the nostalgia where women dressed to appeal themselves instead of perverts behind the iPhone screen.

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On A:

Sunglasses from Gucci (B bought it in Singapore!)

Silver necklace borrowed from Mom

Turtle-neck chiffon top also from Mom (I basically robbed her closet)

Electric blue chiffon high-low skirt from Taobao

Open-toe black heels from ZARA

Charm racelet with crystals from Paris Bijoux

On B:

Animal-print top from Forever 21

Black chiffon high-low skirt also from Forever 21

Cheetah-print wedges from online shop

We Want More: Prints

We know we have already posted much about Prints and Patterns (Link here: https://afterthebloom.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/paradise-in-print/).

And let’s face it–they aren’t the NEWEST trend. But how could we stop loving those bodacious designs? B couldn’t even leave these statement-making material at home during her trip to Taiwan. See B’s personal take on wild leopard prints in funky turquoise.

Honestly, who cares if prints are no longer à la mode? We feed on them as staples.

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For a work girl vibe, an expertly done pattern-on-pattern or a feminine touch…

See the London Fashion Week Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Shows (Louise Gray show at this instant and Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label show on Feb 17)

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 from http://www.style.com/fashionshows/F2013RTW/LONDON

Paradise in Print

It’s Chinese New Year!–and also time to ignite style envy in gatherings without frightening grandma or looking like a red packet. An alternative to good old red, gold and purple is PRINTS. The array of patterns lightens up the room and more importantly your mood. To maximise the effect, go for bold bright colors!

Remember, girls. Daddy said that we don’t need mini skirts and deep V tops to turn heads.

True. All you need is Prints.

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On A:

Leopard print dress from Victoria Secret Online Shop
White cardigan from vintage shop in LA
Silk scarf (The one I turned into a hairband) from thrift shop in NYC
Embellished scarf from Indian flea market
Leather boots from ECCO
Skull bracelets from ALDO

On B:

Leather jacket from H&M
Pattern knit top borrowed from Dad (Yeah, can you believe her?!)
Grey leggings with leather patch from Yahoo bid
Ass-kicking studded  creepers from a boutique in Causeway Bay
 

Special thanks to Rachel who kindly shot my boho-inspired look while B was on her trip to Taiwan and B’s Dad who captured B’s gorgeous look.